Defending TNM Super League champions, Nyasa Big Bullets, return to their base in Blantyre with four points from two games in Mzuzu against Moyale Barracks and Mzuni FC.
After beating Moyale Barracks 0-2 on Saturday at Mzuzu Stadium, the people’s team failed to collect maximum points on Sunday against Mzuni FC at the same venue as they were held to a goalless draw by the stubborn Mzuni.
Patronage was slightly lower on Sunday as compared to Saturday. Bullets spaces on the open stands were full but Mzuni spaces were not fully occupied as compared to Moyale Barracks the day before.
Mzuni and Bullets shared possession with less established pattern of play in the first 15 minutes of the game.
In 27th minute, Mzuni’s Charles Nkhoma had his shot at Bullets goal denied by the woodwork as it hit the 90 degrees angle on the right with goalkeeper Rabson Chiyenda already beaten.
Bullets replied with offensive forward attacking moves in the 32nd and 33rd minutes when Chiukepo Msowoya and Bright Munthali’s shots went off target leaving Bullets fans in awe.
A brilliant exchange of passes between Maxwell Gasten and Taniel Mhango for Mzuni on the right hand side of the field inside Bullets’ half allowed Mhango to unleash a powerful shot that was ably parried away by goalkeeper Rabson Chiyenda.
The Bullets piled intense pressure on the home side in the second half and managed to force six corner kicks but captain Lughano Kayira, Matthews Salirana, substitute Suzgo Nyambosi and Kelvin Kadzinje were solid in defence for Mzuni and gave Chiukepo Msowoya, Bright Munthali, Chimwemwe Idana and Chimango Kayira no chance of shooting past goalkeeper Francis Mkanda.
The score remained 0-0 after 90 minutes full regulation time and added time.
Mzuni centre back and captain Lughano Kayira was voted man of the match.
Speaking to Nyasa Times after the match, Bullets coach Callisto Pasuwa said his side had a hard match on Saturday and had to balance energy levels in the Sunday match by making a number of changes.
“These teams were playing at home. Today the opposition was good enough in defence when we tried to get goals in the second half,” remarked Pasuwa.
Mzuni coach, Gilbert Chirwa, said he was impressed with his team’s performance.
“My boys put up a grand fight. You saw how the boys played and I think a zero zero result with Bullets is not bad. My boys are going through difficult times because of lack of sponsorship and we can only ask well wishers and the corporate world to come forward and assist us,” retorted Chirwa.
Bullets are now on position 5 with 14 points from 7 games while Mzuni FC lies in the bottom three on position 14 with 6 points from 7 games.
In Karonga, after losing 0-1 to Karonga United on Saturday, Blue Eagles beat Savenda Chitipa United 3-5 on Sunday to return to the summit of the TNM Super League log table.
Shelton Banda, Slick Chiona and Tinkhani Nyirenda scored Savenda Chitipa United’s three goals while for Blue Eagles, Micium Mhone claimed a brace, Stuart Mbunge another brace and Schumaker Kuwali scored once.
The win brings Blue Eagles back on position one with 17 points from 9 games while Chitipa Savenda United are still on position 15 with 6 points from 10 games.
Kamuzu Barracks which lies second from Blue Eagles also has 17 points but from 8 points.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :